Integration of Moodle and Electronic University Systems at BMSTU

Integration of Moodle and Electronic University Systems at BMSTU

Alexander Sergeevich Chernikov (Bauman Moscow State Technical University, Russia), Ravil Shamilievich Zagidullin (Bauman Moscow State Technical University, Russia) and Alexander Alexandrovich Chibisov (Bauman Moscow State Technical University, Russia)
Copyright: © 2019 |Pages: 12
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-3395-5.ch035
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The free platform Moodle was integrated with protected University Administrative Information System Electronic University (UAIS EU) of Bauman Moscow State Technical University, which serves to support the administrative work for control of educational process. The following main problems were solved: creation of unified data representation in the two systems; creation of students' and training courses' databases in Moodle based on data from UAIS EU. As result unique software was developed, new quality of service was obtained, namely different sides of University activity such as teaching, learning, and administrative control of educational process were automated and joined together; the time required for information processing and administrative decision-making was reduced; the number of errors in the systems due to the influence of a human factor was reduced. The results obtained can be used to simplify the work of teachers and enhance the performance and operational efficiency of the administrative system at any university.
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Introduction And Background

In most universities the educational process is organized and managed with the help of special information control systems. Some universities use universal Learning Management System (LMS) software platforms adapted for their tasks by the suppliers of the LMS services (Intranet: Academic—Sistema, n.d.; Avtomaticheskaja Sistema, n.d.; University Management System, n.d.; Blackboard Learning System, n.d.; Edmodo, n.d.; Google Class, n.d.; Moodle Docs 2.8., n.d.; Schoology, n.d.). Other universities create their own systems and use them separately or in combination with supplier services (Deligirova, 2013; Kochetov, Krapuhina, & Pronichkin, 2009; Logvinov, & Romanov, 2014; Oliveira, Vasconcelos, Queiroz, Queiroz, & Hékis, 2011; Palahicky, 2014; University Information System, n.d.; F. Alam, Hadgraft, & Q. Alam, 2014). Frequently, especially in engineering education, standard tools do not allow the LMS to perform the necessary activities, such as laboratory work, experiments, etc., which require additional software. Additionally, LMS software does not take into account specific features or needs of educational organizations. So, modifications must be made to the existing university system to enable it to perform functions that are available in other LMS software, or the university may need to make a full transition to a new LMS, which can be very labor-intensive and time-consuming, as well as impractical. Therefore, the preferred method is to integrate the existing university systems software with the LMS software while making minimal modifications to these systems during the integration process.

Bauman Moscow State Technical University (BMSTU) uses the LMS MOODLE system and its own University Administrative Information System called Electronic University (UAIS EU). UAIS EU was created independently and has been in operation for several years. This system is used not only as an information resource, but also as a support tool for adoption and implementation of management decisions at the different levels of the university administration (Ageeva, Baldin, Baryshnikov et al., 2009). The UAIS EU stores all necessary information about the curricula, students, modules they study, and the grades they get, and makes it possible to perform statistical processing of data on a number of parameters, providing the university administration with objective information for managing the educational process. This resource is accessible from the internal network of BMSTU (Electronic University of Bauman Moscow State Technical University, n.d.).

The teaching staff of the university uses a very popular, free, and open-source LMS MOODLE in their daily work, which is primarily oriented towards organizing interactions between a professor and students in the process of full-time, as well as blended or distance, learning (Gardel, Bravo, Revenga, Lázaro, & García, 2012; Poncela, 2013; Swart, 2015). In MOODLE, it is easy to create and store different teaching and learning materials, carry out assessment activities, and store the results.

Key Terms in this Chapter

Academic Performance: A term used to describe things that relate to the work performed in universities.

Distance Learning: A way of learning remotely without being in physical, face-to-face contact with a teacher.

Student: A learner who attends an educational institution.

University Administrative Information System: The information system for support of university management.

Teacher: A person who helps students to acquire knowledge.

PHP-Scripts: Special software tools.

Hot Potatoes: A quiz authoring plugin freeware program that creates questions that can be imported into Moodle in Quiz module, Lesson module, and Hotpot modules.

Module Structure: The structure of discipline content.

Database: Tables used for storing information.

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